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Perform Rapid Infectious Mononucleosis Test

Phlebotomy/Lab > Clinical and Testing Procedures
Learn how to prepare for and administer a rapid infectious mononucleosis test.

The rapid infectious mononucleosis test is a diagnostic heterophile-antibody blood test used to detect whether the Epstein-Barr virus is present in the blood of a patient. The test is a valuable aid in the diagnosis of infectious mononucleosis, commonly known as Mono, due to the fact that Epstein-Barr virus is the most common viral cause of the infection. Several types of rapid infectious mononucleosis tests are available, each with their own types of equipment and testing procedure. By design, each one of them is engineered to detect the presence of Epstein-Barr Virus-specific antibodies in the blood of a patient from a finger stick or from a whole blood sample. The test is quick and within minutes can determine if a patient has Epstein-Barr virus. A positive result can help the physician determine the best course of treatment, including monitoring symptoms and recommending isolation containment procedures.

You'll Learn

  • Relevant medical terminology
  • Correct pre-procedure techniques
  • To identify the most appropriate site to perform a finger stick
  • How to identify the signs of infectious mononucleosis
  • Methods for collecting and processing a finger stick
  • Methods for interpreting test results
  • Correct documentation and post-procedure requirements
  • And much more (see Content Details for more specific information)
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.2 - Medical assistant preparation
Step 1.3 - Patient preparation
Step 2 - Perform finger stick
Step 2.1 - Prepare the puncture site
Step 2.2 - Puncture the skin
Step 3 - Process blood sample
Step 3.1 - Capillary tube procedure
Step 3.2 - Hanging drop
Step 3.3 - Venipuncture procedure
Step 3.4 - Set a timer
Step 3.5 - Apply bandage
Step 3.6 - Read the results
Step 4 - Complete the procedure
  • Describe pre-procedure considerations for a rapid infectious mononucleosis test.
  • Describe and demonstrate the preparation for a rapid infectious mononucleosis test.
  • Identify signs of infectious mononucleosis.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to collect a rapid infectious mononucleosis test.
  • Identify and understand how to interpret test results.
  • Describe and demonstrate the correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Define and demonstrate correct recording and reporting procedures.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Understand Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
  • Understand correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA), Patient Safety Act, and Patients' Bill of Rights.

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